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8 O put your trust in him 1.2 My soul thirsteth for thee; alway, ye people : pour out your my flesh also longeth after thee : hearts before him, for God is in a barren (y) and dry land, our hope.

where no water is.'71 n 9 As for the children of men, | 3 Thus (z) have I looked for they are but vanity : the children thee in holiness : that I might of men are deceitful upon the behold thy power and glory. weights (t); they are altogether 4 Forthy loving-kindness is lighter than vanity itself. ? better than the life itself : my lips . 10 O trust not in wrong and shall praise thee. robbery; give not yourselves - 5 As long as I live, will i unto vanity : if riches increase, set magnify thee on this manner : not your heart upon them. and lift up my hands in thy

11 (u) God spake once, and name. ? twice I have also heard the same : 6 My soul shall be satisfied, that power belongeth unto God; | even as it were with marrow (a) :12 And that thou, Lord, art and fatness : when my mouth merciful : for thou rewardest praiseth thee with joyful lips. Small every man according to his work. 7 Have I not remembered thee

in my bed : and thought upon Psalm Ixiii. (x)

thee when I was waking ? O Gov, thou art my God : 8 Because thou hast been my early will I seek thee.

helper : therefore under the

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itself, even when no attack is made

upon it.
v.9. (t) " Upon the weights," i. e. when

weighed, when brought to the test, they
are deficient. The explanation of part of
the handwriting against Belshazzar was,
" thou art weighed in the balances, and
« art found wanting.” Dan. y. 27. This
was about 538 years before our Saviour's
birth.

(u) These verses give the reasons why
it is absurd to trust in wrong, &c. ; be-
cause God is full of power and mercy, or
justice; and will therefore out of mercy
and justice towards those on whom
wrong, &c. is committed, punish with
his power those who commit it..

(x) This Psalm is supposed to have been written by David : perhaps when he fled because of Absalom, about 1023 years before the Christian æra. It expresses his delight in praising God, his confidence in God's protection, and his conviction that God would discomfit his

enemies.
V.2. () “ In a barren," &c. As a man

thirsteth and longeth for water in a bar-
ren and dry land, where no water is, so
does my soul thirst and long for thee.

5 VINU The idea of feeling the same longing after God, as extreme thirst creates for water, often occurs. Thus Ps. xlii. 1, 2. “ Like as the hart desireth the water " brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, “ O God. My soul is athirst for God, “ yea, even for the living God: when " shall I come to appear before the pre“ sence of God."**And Ps. cxliii. & My soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty " land."

im age hosted (z) « Thus," i. e. with the same anxiety, and then read “ have I desired " to see thee in the sanctuary, to behold “ thy power aud glory." The Bible translation is, “ to see thy power and “ glory, as I have seen thee in the sanc “ tuary." He was probably lamenting his absence from the tabernacle at Jerusalem, which he often makes a subject of regret. See Ps. xlii. and lxxxiv. Upon his flight on Absalom's account, he left the ark of God behind. See 2 Sam. xv. 25, 26. HIV?!?

(a) “ With marrow,'' &c. The meaning is, the praising thee with joyful lips will be as gratifying to my soul, as már. row, &c. that is, the choicest dainties, to the palate.

shadow {b) of thy wings will I rejoice.

9 My soul hangeth upon thee: thy right hand hath upholden me.

i o These also that seek the hurt of my soul : they shall go under the earth (c).

11 (d) Let them fall upon the edge of the sword : that they may be a portion for foxes.

i 2 But the King shall rejoice in God; all they also that swear by him (<?), shall be commended: for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Psalm Ixiv. (/)

-hear my voice, O God, in my prayer : preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

i Hide me from the gathering together of the froward : and from the insurrection of wicked doers;

3 Who have whet their tongue like a sword (^) : and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words;

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(b) " The shadow," &c. This has been repeatedly noticed as a highly poetical figure. See Ps. xvii. 8.—xxxvi. 7.—^ lvii. 1.—lxi. 4. "My trust shall be under "the covring of thy wings," and the passage in our Saviour's affectionate lamentation over Jerusalem, *' How often "would I have gathered thy children "together, even as a ben gathcreth her "chickens under her wings, and ye "would not." Matt. xxiv. 37. Luke

x»i. 3+.

(e) " Under the earth," i. e. into the grave, shall die, shall perish. In Ps. lxxi. 18. " the grave" is called " the "deep of the earth." "Thou didst turn "and refresh me, yea, and broughtest "me from the deep of the earth again."

(J) The Bible translation is, " they "shall fall," &c. they shall be a portion, &c.

(e) " Swear by him," i. e. adhere to him, acknowledge him. In Deuter. vi. 13.

4 That they may privily shoot at him that is perfeft : suddenly do they hit him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in mischief: and commune among themselves, how they may lay snares, and say, that no man shall see them.

6 They imagine wickedness, and pra&ise it : that they keep secret among themselves, every man in the deep of his heart.

7 But (b) God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow: that they shall be wounded.

8 Yea, their own tongues shall make them fall : insomuch that whoso seeth them, shall laugh them to scorn.

9 And all men that see it, shall say, " This hath God done:" for they shall perceive that it is his work.

10 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and put his trust in him : and all they, that are true of heart, shall be glad.

"Swearing by the name of God," is put for adhering to him, in opposition to "gomK after other gods." *' Thou shalt "fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, "and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall "not go after other gods, of the gods of "the people which are round about "you." See also Is. lxv. 16. and Ps. xliv. 21.

(_/") A Prayer for deliverance from enemies, foretelling their discomfiture. It is supposed to have been written by David.

(g) " A sword." See note on P8. lv. 22. where the same figurative expression occurs. Ante 309.

(A) Whereas they shoot at others (according to the 3d and 4th verses) God shall shoot at them, and whereas they use their tongues against others, (see 3d, 4th, and 5th verses), their own tongues shall make them fall, bring about their destruction.

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EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm lxv. it)

Tuou, O God, art praised in Sion : and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.

2 Thou that hearest the prayer: unto thee shall all flesh come.

3 My misdeeds prevail against me : O be thou merciful unto our sins.

4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee : he shall dwell (k) in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

5 Thou shah shew us wonder

(i) Upon the propriety of making God the objea of Prayer on account of the blessings he confers his power and providence. It has been supposed to nave been written by David upon the restoration of plenty after the three years famine mentioned 2 Sam. xxi. I. about 1020 years before the birth of Christ.

ful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation : thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.

6 Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains : andiagmW about with power.

7 Who stilleth the raging « the sea : and the noise of h* waves, and the madness of the people.

8 They also that dwell in we uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens : the" that makest the outgoings CO"1 the morning and evening to p«# thee.

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9 Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it : thou makest it very plenteous.

i o The river of God (m) is full of water : thou preparest their corn; for so thou providest for the earth.

11 Thou waterest her furrows, thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof : thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.

12 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness : and thy clouds drop fatness.

13 They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness (n): and the little hills shall rejoice on every side.

14 The folds shall be full of sheep : the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing (0).

bably) the regular succession of day and night; and then it is in unison with Ps. xix. 1. "The heavens declare the •' glory of God," &c. '■ (m) " The river of God," i. e. his storehouse to supply the earth with water. There are many other passages where God's providence in supplying rain, &c. is made a subjeft of praise. See Psalm civ. 6 to 15.—cxxxv. 7.— cxlvii. 8. 'j- (") " The wilderness," &c. It is a sign of unusual plenty, when even the wilderness and the hills abound in produce. In Ps. lxxii. 16. it is foretold among other blessings that " there shall "be a heap of corn upon the earth, high "upon the hills." and see Ps. civ. 13.— cxlvii. 8. ■4- (0) " Laugh and sing." It is highly poetical to consider what is inanimate as exhibiting marks of joy. There is a grand passage of the same kind Is. lv. 12. "The mountains and the hills shall break "forth before you into singing, and all the "trees of the field shall clap their hands." SoPs. xcviii.o. "Letthe floodscldptheir "hands, and let the hills be joyful to"gether before the Lord;" and 6ee

Psalm Ixvi. (p)

O Be joyful in God, all ye lands: sing praises unto the honour of his Name, make his praise to be glorious.

2 Say unto God, "O how "wonderful art thou in thy "works : through the greatness "of thy power shall thine ene"mies be found liars (q) unto "thee.

3 " For all the world shall "worship thee : sing of thee, "and praise thy name."

4 O come hither, and behold the works of God : how wonderful he is in his doing toward the children of men!

5 He turned (r) the sea into dry land : so that they went through the water on foot; there did we rejoice thereof.

6 He ruleth with his power

Psalm xcvi. 11. and cxlviii. 3.4. So
Virgil:

Ipsi lxtitia voces ad sidera tollunt
Intonti montes, ipsxjam canning rapes,
Ipl'a sonant arbusta. Eclog. v. 6i. &c.

(p) A spirited invocation to praise God, on account of his wondrous works and the signal instances of deliverance he had displayed, noticing the attention he pays to the conduft and prayers of man, and the difference he makes between those who look up to him, and those who disregard him. It has the appearance of having been written after some deliverance from great trouble.

(7) " Be found liars." Thy works *•*• shall prove so decisively that thou art God, as to confute all those who say thou art not. So in Ps. lxxxi. 16. in mentioning some of the consequences which would have resulted if their obedience had been such, as to have justified the giving them deliverance and putting down their enemies, this is noticed, "the "haters of the Lord should have been "found liars."

(r) " Turned," &c. The miracles of v. 5. dividing the waters of the Red Sea, to I enable the Israelites to flee from the

for ever; his eyes behold (j) the people : and such as will not believe, shall not be able to exalt themselves.

7 O praise our God, ye people : and make the voice of his praise to be heard;

8 Who holdeth our soul in life : and suffereth not our feet to slip.

9 For thou, O God, hast proved us : thou also hast tried us, like as silver (t) is tried.

io Thou broughtest us into the snare : and laidest trouble upon our loins.

11 Thou sufferedst men to ride over our heads : we went through fire and water, and thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

12 I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings : and will pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble.

131 will offer unto thee fat burnt-sacrifices, with the incense of rams : I will offer bullocks and goats.

14 Ocome hither, and hearken, all ye that fear God : and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.

15 I called unto him with my

Egyptians, and of dividing those of Jordan to let the Priests with the ark and the people pass, were constant topics with the Israelites for praising God. See Ps. lxxviii. 14. and Ps. cxiv. *'• 6. (s) " His eyes behold." God's attention to the a&ions of men is often mentioned. Solomon says, Prov. xv. 3. "The eyes of the Lord are in every "place, beholding the evil and the "good ;" and Prov. v. 2 1. "The ways "of man are before the eyes of the Lord, "and he pondereth all his goings." Job puts the question, Job xxxi. 4." Doth

mouth : and gave him praises with my tongue.

16 If I incline unto wickedness with mine heart : the Lord will not hear me.

17 But God hath heard (a) me : and considered the voice of my prayer.

18 Praised be God, who hatt not cast out my prayer : nor turned his mercy from me.

Psalm lxvii (x). God be merciful unto us, and bless us : and shew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;

2 That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise tbee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations rejoice as.' be glad : for thou shah judge die folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

5 Let the people praise th^O God : let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and Gou. even our own God, shall give ^ his blessing.

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